Irish Studies BA (Hons)

Key information

Irish Studies

Career prospects

This interdisciplinary subject provides you with a range of transferable skills that include research methodologies such as interview techniques, linguistic skills, questionnaire design and execution and the ability to analyse literary texts and historical documents, as well as photographic and artistic representations.

An Irish Studies degree will allow you to pursue a career in areas such as heritage and tourism, teaching, publishing, journalism, public relations, marketing, parliamentary research and the civil service. Alternatively, many of our graduates go on to undertake further academic research.

Lecture series

The Institute of Irish Studies runs an acclaimed public-lecture series, and as a student you will gain the opportunity to meet and engage with prestigious speakers from across the globe. Former speakers have included two Nobel Laureates, three Presidents of the Republic of Ireland, four Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland, a British Foreign Secretary, a Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations and numerous prize-winning authors and cultural commentators.

Recent employers

Recent Irish studies graduates have taken up leading roles in fields such as arts and media, business and management, government and politics, academia, teaching and lecturing, banking and law. Diffeent fields our graduates have gone onto jobs in include: 

  • British and Irish Local Government
  • English language schools abroad
  • Local education authorities
  • National museums
  • Newspaper groups
  • FTSE 100 companies’ graduate schemes Non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Work experience opportunities

The Institute of Irish Studies offers a number of funded high profile and exciting work placement opportunities. We strive to tailor our placements to suit the ambitions of our students and these have included NGOs, the National Library of Ireland, Academic Summer Schools and prominent law firms.

Postgraduate opportunities

Qualifying you for life

Studying Irish Studies at Liverpool enables you to develop the transferable skills which are essential for life and work including: analytical and critical skills, interpersonal skills, communication and presentational skills, problem-solving, research skills, the ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment, and the ability to work to deadlines.

Michaela Crawley

Co-operation Ireland

During my internship with Co-operation Ireland I was able to contribute to a unique peace-building initiative (FACE project). My time was spent researching and writing a paper that helped frame discussion and debate at their international conference, allowing me to gain some invaluable experience.